Elon Musk has promised the world that a completely automated Tesla will be available by the end of 2018. Although other companies revise their estimates for self-driving vehicles in the consumer market – Waymo has pushed its date back to 2020, for instance – Musk is being coy. But Indian Railways created history some 5 days back when a train in Odisa ran for 13 km without an Engine. This was the first in the history of Automobiles and Railways.
Railway Board Chairman Ashwani Lohani on Sunday said what happened on Saturday night is an isolated incident of staff negligence. After the freak accident, seven railways officials were suspended for lapses. But soon the Railways started taking credit for the whole incident. The reason being the number of orders they have received from foreign countries to export such engine-less trains. Spain, US, Germany and many more developed countries have consulted the Indian Railways to get know-how of the new technology.
The Railway Ministry has applied for patent for the latest achievement of the public transporter. Odisa chief minister has also promised to open a university which will teach such techniques to students willing to learn railway technology. ISRO has been the pioneer of space technology and now with Indian Railways, India has two feathers in its cap. The people who were responsible for the incident will be honoured by the Railway ministry in a grand ceremony to be held soon. Once the technology is patented Railways will soon work with foreign Railway board to commercialize it in the best possible way. As I write this article there is news about Piyush Goyal visiting the site and organizing a rally at the historic place where the incident occurred.